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Young man shares dire warning after his own brush with death as disturbing trend emerges

E-cigarette sales are climbing — and it’s primarily young people who are getting hooked. 

Those between the ages of 18 and 24 vape the most, but 9% of youth between 11 and 15 years old say they’re regular vapors, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

One of them, 22-year-old Jackson Allard of North Dakota, almost lost his life due to his vaping habit — and now he’s warning others of the dangers.

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Besides leading to addiction, vaping can cause permanent lung damage, according to the CDC.

Last October, Allard developed parainfluenza, which led to pneumonia and then acute respiratory distress syndrome. His lungs were full of fluid.

“I was really sick, barely able to sleep, puking constantly,” Allard told Fox News. 

The young man was on ECMO, a form of life support, for 70 days. 

“I had a 1% chance to live,” Allard said. 

His lungs were damaged so badly that in Jan. 2024, he received a double lung transplant — a rare procedure for someone his age. 

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“The first thing that went through my head was, ‘Can I live a normal life after this?’” Allard said. 

Allard and his family live in Fargo, North Dakota, but they’re renting an apartment in Minneapolis while he recovers from his transplant. 

Twice a week, he attends rehabilitation and gets weekly bloodwork. He also gets his PICC line, a tube connected to his veins for long-term medication, cleaned each week. Allard takes 30 pills a day and his family is responsible for giving him his IV medication. 

“I had a 1% chance to live.”

Based on his doctors’ input, Allard and his grandmother, Doreen Hurlburt, believe vaping is to blame for his lung failure.

“When I first started vaping, I was probably 14. I was pretty much non-stop doing it,” Allard said. He later started using a weed vape as well. 

“I told my friend who smokes weed, I was like, ‘Be careful with that,'” Allard said, suggesting that people use marijuana gummies instead of vapes.

His grandmother, Doreen Hurlburt, said she complained daily about Jackson’s vaping habits.

“Multiple doctors said, ‘If you smoke cigarettes for 50 years, we’ll see you with lung cancer, and if you vape for five years, we’ll see you with permanent lung damage,'” Hurlburt told Fox News.

Allard can’t drink alcohol or smoke, and his weakened immune system means he has to avoid big crowds.

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Dr. Brooke Moore, a pediatric pulmonologist at Children’s Minnesota, did not treat Allard but often sees patients with vaping-related lung injuries. 

“We’ve seen kids who have been vaping for short periods of time, and not necessarily with heavy use, come in with pretty significant lung injury from that,” Moore told Fox News.

The majority of the patients Moore sees with vaping-related issues are between 16 and 19 years old. 

Some patients have lung injury and others have milder respiratory symptoms. 

“We’ve done a very good job of educating youth about not starting to smoke traditional tobacco-based cigarettes,” Moore said. 

“With vaping products, we don’t have as much long-term data, but in the short term, the risk seems to be as high as cigarettes — and I would argue in some cases worse.”

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Moore said her patients typically vape THC and nicotine. 

“It doesn’t seem to be that vaping just nicotine or just THC is less of a risk for lung disease than one or the other,” she said. 

Most vaping patients have some underlying mental health concerns, such as anxiety, depression or a combination of those, the doctor noted. 

“They’re using their vape products to self-medicate,” Moore said. “It shows there is a much bigger issue at play than just people vaping to vape.”

In 2019, there was an outbreak of e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury, or EVALI. Those cases were linked to vitamin E acetate in vaping products. 

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As of Feb. 2020, more than 2,800 patients had been admitted to various hospitals in the U.S. due to EVALI, with 68 deaths reported. 

But in 2020, the CDC stopped tracking EVALI cases. 

That’s when Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Dr. Christy Sadreameli started to pay more attention.

“If you were to ask me how many cases of EVALI happen every year in the U.S., we don’t know that anymore,” Sadreameli told Fox News Digital. 

“It’s definitely still out there. And I’m still concerned about it.”

Many of the vape products commonly sold are “kind of on the market illegally,” Sadreameli added.

“They’re on the market without approval and without undergoing review.”

“They haven’t gone through the FDA review or approval process, and it’s hard to enforce something like that. These things were already being sold,” she continued. 

“They’re kind of on the market without approval and without undergoing review. So that’s kind of messed up.”

Symptoms of vaping-related lung injury include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, fever or gastrointestinal symptoms, according to WebMD.

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If people who often vape are experiencing a combination of those symptoms, they should see a doctor as soon as possible, experts advise. 

Patients who want to quit can work with their doctor to make a plan. 

There are also cessation support groups and programs available.

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Boat owner ‘of interest’ in teen ballerina’s death is ‘devastated’ as more details emerge

The Florida owner of a boat matching the description of one that struck and killed a 15-year-old Florida ballerina on Saturday has been identified in an incident report obtained by Fox News Digital. 

Carlos Guillermo Alonso, 78, owned the white and blue center console boat that is described by state officials as a “vessel of interest” in the death of Ella Riley Adler, who fell into the water while wakeboarding behind a friend’s boat in Key Biscayne near Nixon Beach, according to the incident report. No charges have been filed in relation to the death, and Alonso is cooperating with the investigation, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said Thursday.

FWC officials previously said that Adler had been waterskiing before the collision.

Adler and another female were being towed behind a boat before they “fell off at different times / locations and both were in the water simultaneously,” the incident report said. A boat heading westbound struck fatally injured Adler, whose body was recovered by the other boat.

Alonso’s 42-foot Boston Whaler has been impounded by FWC.

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It is unclear whether Alonso was at the wheel when Adler was hit; there was one person aboard during the crash, according to the incident report. Alonso’s attorney, Lauren Field Krasnoff, told NBC6 that her client was “devastated” and had “no idea” that his boat may have been involved until authorities knocked at his door.

“If his boat was involved, I can tell you he had absolutely no idea that that is what happened that day. He is as devastated as anybody could be,” she told NBC6. “When the police came knocking, he did not know why.”

She also asserted that her client does not drink, that “he was not drinking on that Saturday,” and that he has had “no contact with the criminal system.” The incident report indicates that it is “unknown” whether alcohol was involved in the collision.

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“We are devastated for the Adlers, for their friends, their family, there’s no question in our minds that this is an absolutely horrific thing that happened and we pray for and think of their family and friends during this time,” Krasnoff said.

Kransoff also told reporters that Alonso, who goes by “Bill,” has been boating for 50 years.

Alonso was seen stepping out of his car and heading into his home with Kransoff’s assistance in footage shared by the outlet on Thursday. Fox News Digital has reached out to the lawyer for comment.

Adler was a student at Ransom Everglades School and a member of its dance team. The high-school freshman had been cast as a ballerina in “The Nutcracker” and had appeared in more than 100 performances with the Miami City Ballet at the Adrienne Arsht Center, according to her obituary. 

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“When she walked into a room, everyone was drawn to her,” her family wrote. “She loved to dance, she loved her friends, and most of all she loved her family.” 

Adler’s family wrote that she took pride in her Jewish heritage. 

“She was the great-granddaughter of Holocaust survivors,” her family said. “She loved Israel and came from a long line of Jewish leaders with a strong commitment to faith and tikkun olam.”

Dozens of the girl’s friends left emotional tributes on her obituary page. 

“At the beginning of this year when Ella joined the dance team, never would I imagine the impact she would have on me,” friend Lauren Scott said. “From her smile to her contagious laugh, when Ella walked into the studio there was no way not to share her joy.”

“No one had ever made me feel so confident in myself or so happy to go to school, knowing that I was going to see her,” friend Emma Fayad wrote. “She had a way of making you believe everything she said, because you knew that you could always trust her and confide in her. I never thought that I would have to say goodbye, especially so soon. I will miss you so much, and I can only hope that you rest in peace.”

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In a statement, the private school wrote that Ella was “a wonderful dancer, served on the speech and debate team, and was a member of the Jewish Student Association,” and that she “was a treasured friend to many.” 

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levina Cava extended her condolences to the Adler family on X, writing that the public should “honor her memory by exercising better boat safety to ensure tragedies like this never happen again.” 

Lainey Wilson’s ‘triple crown,’ emotional tributes and more big moments from ACM Awards

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2024 ACM Awards winners list

The 59th annual Academy of Country Music Awards did not disappoint.

Lainey Wilson
took home the coveted entertainer of the year award, in addition to female artist of the year and music event of the year with first-time winner, Jelly Roll.

Luke Combs was the most nominated artist at the 2024 ACM Awards, but he did not attend the ceremony. Tied for second were Morgan Wallen and Megan Moroney with six nominations each.

Reba McEntire returned for the 17th time as the host of the award show that was held at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas on Thursday night. 

Read more about the winners of the 2024 ACM Awards.


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Lainey Wilson wins entertainer of the year at 2024 ACM Awards

Lainey Wilson took home the biggest prize of the night at the 2024 Academy of Country Music Awards.

Wilson earned the entertainer of the year award, and also clinched the coveted Triple Crown award.

The Academy of Country Music coined its “triple crown” for winners who clinch a trophy in one of each three sections – new artist category; male, female duo or group category; and entertainer of the year. 

“I’ve been in Nashville 13 years doing this and … first of all I just wanna say thank you so much Lord Jesus Christ,” Wilson said on stage.

She thanked her team and her band for fighting for her “every single day.”

“Everybody in this category has loved on me and believed in me, took me out on the road, sang songs with me, wrote with me, encouraged me every step of the way and I love y’all for that,” Lainey said. “I have the best fans in the world.”

Some of the past winners of this enviable award are Chris Stapleton (2023), Miranda Lambert (2022) and Luke Bryan (2021). In 2020, Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett split the honor as they tied for the achievement. 

With seven wins, Garth Brooks has the most wins in the ACM Awards category of entertainer of the year.


Fox News Digital’s Breana Scheckwitz contributed to this report.

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Country stars make light of Morgan Wallen’s Nashville arrest at 2024 ACM Awards

Ashley McBryde and Noah Reid had some fun with Morgan Wallen at the 2024 Academy of Country Music Awards Thursday night.

While Wallen wasn’t in attendance at the show, his name was still on everyone’s mind. During their introduction for single of the year, McBryde and Reid, who stars on “Outer Banks”, sang an original song for each nominee.

When it came to Wallen, Reid began singing a rendition of “Last Night” with slightly different lyrics.

“Last night after some alcohol, [that] chair right over there really started to piss me off,” he sang. “It told me that I threw it at somebody I never met, and my publicist keeps telling me this ain’t over yet.”

McBryde then joked, “You should smile in the mug shot.”

Wallen, 31, was charged with three felony counts of reckless endangerment and one count of disorderly conduct from his alleged chair-throwing incident on April 7, the Metro Nashville Police Department said.

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Reba McEntire duets ‘Ramblin’ Man’ with Post Malone in tribute to Dickey Betts

Post Malone was welcomed with open arms into the community at the 2024 Academy of Country Music Awards.

Reba McEntire took the stage following Malone’s electric performance. She affectionately called her buddy “Posty” after forming a friendship with Malone at the Super Bowl earlier this year, and asked if they could sing a song together.

McEntire and Malone began a few verses of “Ramblin’ Man” in tribute to the late Dickey Betts, one of the founding member of the Allman Brothers Band.

Betts died in April at his home in Florida, his family confirmed to Fox News Digital at the time. He was 80.

“His extraordinary guitar playing alongside guitarist Duane Allman created a unique dual guitar signature sound that became the signature sound of the genre known as Southern Rock,” the Allman Brothers Band said in a statement.

“He was passionate in life, be it music, songwriting, fishing, hunting, boating, golf, karate or boxing. Dickey was all in on and excelled at anything that caught his attention.”

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Jelly Roll never expected winning ACM award: ‘I thought I would die or go to jail’

Jelly Roll won his first Academy of Country Music award Thursday.

The country star earned the music event of the year trophy for “Save Me” with Lainey Wilson.

“No pun intended but seriously this song saved me,” he said while accepting the award. “I was in a dark place, I wrote it from my soul, I knew people would connect with it, one year ago today Lainey Wilson and I stood on this stage and debuted it.”

He continued, “I wrote it with a high school friend. We never thought we’d be song writers. I never thought I’d be standing here. I thought I would die and go to jail and I’m standing here as an ACM award winner! You here what I’m talking about Texas?! Let’s go baby!”

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Lainey Wilson and Wynonna Judd ‘talk every week’

Lainey Wilson praised Reba McEntire and the women of country music while accepting the 2024 ACM award for female artist of the year.

While speaking on stage at the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas, Wilson also admitted she’s “best friends” with the women in the category.

She continued on, “Me and Wynonna Judd, we talk every week. She sends me devotionals.”

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Jason Aldean honors Toby Keith with emotional ACM performance

Toby Keith was honored tonight at the Academy of Country Music Awards with a tribute performed by Jason Aldean.

Aldean’s performance of “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” was a tip of the (cowboy) hat to the late country music sensation. 

Images of the late country star flashed on the screen behind Aldean as he sang his heart out to his friend. At the end of his song, Aldean said, “We love you Toby.”

Keith died on Feb. 5 after battling stomach cancer, his family revealed in a statement at the time. The country music star announced his diagnosis in June 2022.

Jason Aldean expressed a heartfelt gratitude to Toby Keith, contributing part of his musical inspiration
to the late country star. Keith pushed him to be true to himself. 

“For me personally, he was a guy that I feel like … just always spoke his mind,” Aldean told Fox News Digital.

“He said what he thought, whether it was the popular opinion or not. And it wasn’t, you know, it didn’t always go well for him, and he didn’t care. I mean, it was something that if he felt strongly about it and felt like it was something he believed in, he was going to speak his mind.”

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Kane Brown was ‘nervous’ before 2024 ACM Awards performance

Kane Brown admitted he could have used a little liquid courage before his performance at the 2024 Academy of Country Music Awards Thursday.

Brown sang his cover of “Georgia On My Mind,” the 1930 song originally made famous by Ray Charles.

Following his performance, the country music star chatted with Bobby Bones back stage where he said he was feeling slightly jittery about performing such a huge song.

“I was nervous man,” Brown said. “It’s a big song but also I’m used to running around I’m not used to standing there.”

He added, “I wish I had tequila before I went on.”

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Miranda Lambert trades red carpet glam for denim ensemble to perform ‘Wranglers’ at ACM Awards

Miranda Lambert swapped out her tight black dress for double denim to perform her new single, “Wranglers” at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Earlier on the red carpet, she admitted “Wranglers” was created with her past loves and losses in mind.

“We were talking girl talk over tequila one day, writing songs and we were talking about our past and things we’ve been through, guys we dated … not so good ones,” Lambert said while chatting before the ACMs.

One month later, the song came to fruition.

“You can kind of decipher what we discussed on that day,” Lambert joked.

When asked if she really did try to burn a pair of Wranglers jeans, Lambert was honest with her answer.

“How do you think I know how well made they are? Very well made. Good on y’all, Wranglers.”

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Dan + Shay win ACM duo of the year award

Dan + Shay took home the Academy of Country Music duo of the year award Thursday at the Ford center in Frisco, Texas.

“I’m freaking out right now. Shay, I love you so much brother,” Dan said on stage. “I am so proud to be back up on this stage with you. We’ve been on quite a long journey over the last 10 years.

“We’ve seen a lot of highs a lot of lows but the one thing that has remained the same is the love and support of this country music community.”

Shay admitted his nerves were getting the best of him despite being in the business for quite some time.

“I’m so nervous right now,” he said. “You’d think you would get less nervous the more you do this. First off, I wanna thank God, I wanna thank my wife, I wanna thank my 3 boys … It’s been a long time. I’m sorry daddy’s not home I miss you guys.”

He added, “Thank you for allowing us to make country music. This is unbelievable man. God bless Texas, God bless country music and, by the way, God bless Reba McEntire.

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Kelsea Ballerini, Noah Kahan send social media wild with ACM Awards performance

Country music fans took social media by storm for one special performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Kelsea Ballerini and Noah Kahan performed “Stick Season” during the live telecast from the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas.

“Kelsea Ballerini and Noah Kahan is the duet I’ve always needed in my life!!,” one user wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Another user wrote, “I need a Kelsea Ballerini and Noah Kahan collab ASAP.”

“This performance WOW. Kelsea you’re perfection and album was great,” one X user commented, while another simply wrote, “UNREAL.”

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Jordan Davis wins song of the year at ACM Awards

Jordan Davis took home the Academy of Country Music award for song of the year for his hit, “Next Thing You Know.”

While accepting his ACM award, Davis said, “I love song writing because of songs that won song of the year so to be holding this right now is crazy.”

He added, “Thank you so much ACMs. Love you guys! Thank y’all’.”

Davis was up against Cody Johnson, Megan Moroney, Lainey Wilson and Luke Combs.

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Reba McEntire jokes she’s ‘been around for awhile’ as 17-time ACM host

Reba McEntire opened the Academy of Country Music Awards Thursday with a few laughs.

The country music legend noted that she’s “been around for a while” to be able to host the show for 17 times.

“I can remember way back when Jelly Roll was an after school snack,” McEntire said.

“Luke was one of the gospels, not half the guys in country music. And a stage coach was how I got to work. But we’re not here to talk about me.

“Tonight we’re here to talk about
country music
and how everyone is invited and welcome here at the country music’s party of the year.”

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Lainey Wilson opens ACM Awards

Lainey Wilson kicked off the Academy of Country Music Awards Thursday at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Dressed in all red in honor of her mother, she sang “God Blessed Texas.”

“I wanted to be a little western, but my mama’s walking the carpet with me tonight and her favorite color for me to wear is this color red,” Wilson told Fox News Digital earlier on the red carpet.

“So, I’m doing it for my mama.”

Wilson and Luke Combs
 both have their eyes on the prize with the Academy’s biggest title on the line – the ACMs Triple Crown award.

The Academy of Country Music coined its “triple crown” for winners who clinch a trophy in one of each three sections – new artist category; male, female duo or group category; and entertainer of the year. 

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Miranda Lambert says ‘Wranglers’ song was inspired by ‘not so good’ guys she’s dated

Miranda Lambert found inspiration from within to write her latest song.

Lambert, 40, rocked a sweeping black dress with a plunging neckline while walking the red carpet at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Thursday.

She admitted her new hit “Wranglers” was created with her past loves and losses in mind.

“We were talking girl talk over tequila one day, writing songs and we were talking about our past and things we’ve been through, guys we dated … not so good ones,” Lambert said while chatting before the ACMs.

One month later, the song came to fruition. “You can kind of decipher what we discussed on that day,” Lambert joked.

When asked if she really did try to burn a pair of Wranglers jeans, Lambert was honest with her answer.

“How do you think I know how well made they are? Very well made. Good on y’all, Wranglers.”

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Parker McCollum’s wife Hallie Ray Light shows off baby bump on ACM red carpet

Country star Parker McCollum joined his wife Hallie Ray Light at the Academy of Country Music Awards to make a big reveal.

Light showed off her baby bump for the first time on the red carpet at the ACMs on Thursday at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Hallie wore a beige mesh gown with a high neckline while McCollum rocked a pair of classic blue jeans with a blazer and black Stetson.

McCollum is set to perform tonight, in addition to Post Malone, Jelly Roll, Kelsea Ballerini, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani.


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Lainey Wilson’s ACM outfit inspired by her mother

Lainey Wilson is taking every chance she can to celebrate her mother.

The “Yellowstone” star admitted she dressed for success at the Academy of Country Music Awards thanks to her mom’s advice.

“I wanted to be a little western, but my mama’s walking the carpet with me tonight and her favorite color for me to wear is this color red,” Wilson told Fox News Digital.

“So, I’m doing it for my mama.”

Wilson and Luke Combs both have their eyes on the prize with the Academy’s biggest title on the line – the ACMs Triple Crown award.

The Academy of Country Music coined its “triple crown” for winners who clinch a trophy in one of each three sections – new artist category; male, female duo or group category; and entertainer of the year. 

Combs and Wilson are both nominated for entertainer of the year, and a win for either in the category would earn their spot on the coveted list.

Fox News Digital’s Larry Fink contributed to this report.

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Reba McEntire, Rex Linn and Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani enjoy date night at ACM Awards

Country couples’ night out!

Reba McEntire mixed business with pleasure at The Academy of Country Music Awards Thursday night.

The ACM Awards host brought boyfriend Rex Linn along for a date night at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Reba met her beau nearly 40 years ago while working on the 1991 film, “The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw.”

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani had the same idea as they walked the red carpet together at the ACM Awards.

The powerhouse couple is set to perform tonight, in addition to Post malone, Kelsea Ballerini and Jelly Roll.

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Country music star Reba McEntire’s confident return to comedy: ‘Ain’t my first rodeo’

Reba McEntire took that one chance, and country music has never let her down.

The “Fancy” singer, who earned the entertainer of the year award nearly 30 years ago, returns to the stage for the 17th time to emcee the Academy of Country Music Awards Thursday, May 16, in Frisco, Texas.

In addition to her hosting responsibilities, Reba will perform her latest single, “I Can’t,” during the live ACMs telecast.

Her performance comes on the heels of the news her “Happy’s Place” pilot was recently picked up by NBC for a Friday night time slot in the fall. 

If McEntire’s plate seems full, don’t be fooled. She’s used to heavy lifting. Read more about the queen of country music.

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Jelly Roll and wife Bunnie Xo pack on the PDA at ACM Awards

Jelly Roll and his wife, Bunnie Xo, were feeling the love at The Academy of Country Music Awards on Thursday.

The country crooner caught a few kisses from his beloved as they walked the red carpet at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Jelly Roll, whose full name is Jason Bradley DeFord, is a first-time nominee at the ACMs and is nominated for four ACM awards, including male artist of the year, single of the year, music event of the year, and entertainer of the year. 

Billy Ray Cyrus was the last first-time honoree to be nominated for entertainer of the year in 1992 with his mega-hit, “Achy Breaky Heart.”

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Tracy Chapman, Luke Combs’ ‘Fast Car’ puts unlikely duo at top of country music world

Tracy Chapman and Luke Combs continue driving “Fast Car” through the record books with two more nominations at the 2024 Academy of Country Music awards.

Combs topped the ACM awards nominations with eight nods, including entertainer of the year, album of the year and male artist of the year.

He’s also nominated for single of the year and song of the year for “Fast Car,” a nomination he shares with Chapman, who wrote the song in the late ’80s.

Combs’ cover of Chapman’s Grammy-winning song went platinum in July 2023, and by September was a bona fide No. 1 country hit. Chapman became the first Black woman with a sole songwriting credit to top the country charts.

Read more about this dynamic duo and other ACM award nominees.

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Jason Aldean says Toby Keith taught him to be ‘unapologetic’ about speaking his mind

Jason Aldean was inspired by Toby Keith to be true to himself through the late country star’s decades-long career.

Aldean is performing a tribute to Keith at the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards on Thursday evening.

Keith died on Feb. 5 after battling stomach cancer, his family revealed in a statement at the time. The country music star announced his diagnosis in June 2022.

Aldean says he admired the way Keith “always spoke his mind,” even if what he had to say wasn’t the “popular opinion.”

“I think Toby was a guy for a lot of us in the business – well, I’ll speak for myself. I think he was a guy that a lot of us looked up to,” Aldean told Fox News Digital ahead of the 2024 Academy of Country Music Awards. 

Read more about the ways Toby Keith inspired Jason Aldean.

Fox News Digital’s Lauryn Overhultz and Larry Fink contributed to this report.

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Luke Combs, Lainey Wilson vie for ACMs Triple Crown award

Lainey Wilson and Luke Combs both have their eyes on the prize with the Academy of Country Music’s biggest title on the line – the ACMs Triple Crown award.

The Academy of Country Music coined its “triple crown” for winners who clinch a trophy in one of each three sections – new artist category; male, female duo or group category; and entertainer of the year. 

Combs and Wilson are both nominated for entertainer of the year, and a win for either in the category would earn their spot on the coveted list.

Miranda Lambert was the last country singer to earn the prestigious Triple Crown when she added the entertainer of the year award to her collection in 2022.

The first country artist to ever achieve the feat was Merle Haggard in 1971. It wasn’t until 2005 that the Academy of Country Music began presenting Triple Crown winners with their award, and the ACMs notified Brooks & Dunn, The Chicks, Barbara Mandrell, Mickey Gilley, and Kenny Chesney.

Triple Crown award-winners have received their trophies in various capacities, whether during the live telecast or before the ACMs aired.

Carrie Underwood was presented with her Triple Crown during the ACMs in 2010, while Jason Aldean received his during the ACM Honors in 2016. Chris Stapleton also picked up his Triple Crown at the ACM Honors in 2023.

Going forward, the Academy of Country Music plans on celebrating Triple Crown award-winners at the annual ACM Honors event, which is dedicated to celebrating special award honorees, off-camera category winners, and ACM Industry and studio recording awards.

Both Keith Urban and The Chicks have qualified for the Triple Crown, but have not yet formally received the award. 

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What are the biggest categories for the ACM Awards?

Entertainer of the year is the most prestigious category at the 59th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, airing live from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas on Thursday, May 16.

Morgan Wallen, Chris Stapleton, Jelly Roll, Kane Brown, Cody Johnson, Luke Combs and Lainey Wilson are each nominated for the top honor.

If either Combs or Wilson wins entertainer of the year, they’ll also receive the coveted Triple Crown award – an ACMs accolade for an artist who’s clinched each of the three awards: new artist category; male, female duo or group category; and entertainer of the year. 

Luke Combs topped the 2024 ACM awards nominations with eight nods, including entertainer of the year, album of the year, song of the year, single of the year and male artist of the year.

“Last Night” singer Morgan Wallen and Megan Moroney each received six nominations. Moroney’s ACM nods make the country crooner the most-nominated woman at this year’s awards show. 

Female and male artist of the year are equally competitive categories, in addition to duo of the year and group of the year.


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First-time ACM awards nominees

Country singer Jelly Roll leads the charge of first-time nominees at the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards.

Jelly Roll earned four nominations for ACM Awards, including male artist of the year, single of the year, music event of the year, and entertainer of the year. 

Billy Ray Cyrus was the last first-time honoree to be nominated for entertainer of the year in 1992 with his mega-hit, “Achy Breaky Heart.”

Additional first-time nominees include Ashley Cooke, Hannah Ellis, Kassi Ashton and Kylie Morgan in the new female artist of the year category. 

New male artist of the year nominees include Conner Smith and Kameron Marlowe, while Flatland Cavalry earned a nomination for group of the year. 

Tyler Childers earned his first ACM nomination in a first time category, visual media of the year.

Reba McEntire returns for her 17th hosting stint of the acclaimed ACM Awards, hosted at Ford Center at the The Star in Frisco, Texas.

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Country stars show skin on ACM red carpet

Country music never looked so good.

Alanna Springsteen and MacKenzie Porter kicked off the red carpet in style at The Academy of Country Music Awards on Thursday at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas.

The lineup of performers tonight includes stars such as Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett. Throughout the evening, entertainers of the year nominees, such as Jason Aldean, Lainey Wilson, Chris Stapleton, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson and Kane Brown, will take the stage. 

Luke Combs topped the 2024 ACM Awards nominations with eight nods, including entertainer of the year, album of the year, song of the year, single of the year and male artist of the year.

Reba McEntire
returns for her 17th hosting stint of the acclaimed ACM Awards, hosted at Ford Center at the The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Check out all of the ACM Awards red carpet fashion.

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Who is the most awarded artist in ACM history?

Country music queen Miranda Lambert holds the title as the most decorated artist in ACM history.

The “Wranglers” singer has 37 wins under her belt at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Lambert earned her 17th female artist of the year nomination in 2023, surpassing ACMs host Reba McEntire previously set record of 16.

Miranda is set to perform live at the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards in Frisco, Texas.

Luke Combs topped the 2024 ACM Awards nominations with eight nods, including entertainer of the year, album of the year, song of the year, single of the year and male artist of the year.

“Last Night” singer Morgan Wallen and Megan Moroney each received six nominations. Moroney’s ACM nods make the country crooner the most-nominated woman at this year’s awards show. 

First-time nominee Jelly Roll earned four nominations at the ACM Awards, including entertainer of the year. Billy Ray Cyrus was the last first-time-honoree to be nominated for entertainer of the year in 1992 with his mega-hit, “Achy Breaky Heart.”

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Sara Evans backs out of ACM Awards due to illness

Sara Evans pulled out of her previously scheduled appearance at The Academy of Country Music Awards due to sickness.

The country music artist posted on social media that she would also be postponing upcoming shows in Virginia.

“Hey everyone. Unfortunately I have been super sick this week,” she shared on X, formerly known as Twitter. “I was hoping to feel better, but I am not able to make it to the ACM Awards tonight and I have to reschedule my shows in Rocky Mount, VA this weekend.

“I am sooooo sad and was looking forward to everything.”

Evans noted new dates were scheduled for October and “all tickets will still be valid.

“Love y’all and can’t wait to get back on the road and sing with you soon!”

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Who is performing at the ACM Awards?

Numerous country artists are slated to perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards on May 16th at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

The lineup includes stars such as Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett. Throughout the evening, entertainers of the year nominees, such as Jason Aldean, Lainey Wilson, Chris Stapleton, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson and Kane Brown, will take the stage. 

The host of the awards ceremony, Reba McEntire, will put on a performance as well. Post Malone is set for his first appearance at the ACM Awards.

The event will feature pop acts like Avril Lavigne performing with Nate Smith. Other duets will take to the Frisco, Texas stage including Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani, and Kelsea Ballerini with Noah Kahan.

Many performers are contenders for awards, including Kelsea Ballerini for female artist of the year, Nate Smith for male artist of the year, and Parker McCollum for single of the year.

Fox News Digital’s Breana Scheckwitz contributed to this report.

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What is the difference between the CMA and ACM Awards?

Two of country music’s major award shows — the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards and the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards — can easily be confused, but each has their distinct characteristics.

The differences between the award shows include the awarding parties, voting processes and categories, among other distinctions. 

The CMA Awards, organized by the Country Music Association in Nashville, Tennessee, are determined by industry professional members who maintain a focus on traditional country.

In contrast, the ACM Awards, produced by the Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions and based in California, lean toward a more contemporary approach to country music.

Previously, ACM winners
were chosen through a mix of fan and member votes, but now ACM members exclusively conduct voting. Determination of categories involves ballots or voter panels.

Unique to the ACMs are accolades including the artist of the decade and triple crown, as well as signature performances that pair country with pop artists.

Fox News Digital’s Breana Scheckwitz contributed to this report.

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Who will host the 2024 ACM Awards?

Reba McEntire is returning to the ACM Awards as the show’s host for a record 17th time, more than any other individual in the event’s history.

She expressed her excitement about the announcement by saying, “I am tickled to pieces to get to host the ACM Awards for the 17th time! What an honor to have been part of the past, present and now the future of the Academy of Country Music with Amazon Prime Video.

“I can’t wait to get to Texas and see everybody May 16th!”

First taking up the Academy of Country Music Awards host role in 1986, Reba has become known for her humor and engaging stage presence.

As a 16-time ACM award recipient, she holds the record for the most female artist of the year nominations and has been nominated for entertainer of the year nine times.

Attendees and viewers can also look forward to a performance from Reba during the ceremony, where she will showcase her latest music.

Fox News Digital’s Breana Scheckwitz contributed to this report.

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What to know about the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards

The 59th Academy of Country Music Awards is here!

Get ready for a night of country music excellence as Reba McEntire returns to host the Academy of Country Music Awards for the 17th time.

She will guide attendees and viewers through the evening’s festivities and also grace the stage with a performance showcasing her latest music. 

Many country music favorites are in contention for awards, including Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Chris Stapleton, Morgan Wallen and Lainey Wilson.

Luke Combs leads with eight nominations this year, and Jelly Roll gets his inaugural nominations, one of which is for the coveted entertainer of the year.

Stars such as Jelly Roll, Kane Brown, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett and Jason Aldean will perform throughout the night, along with duets including husband and wife duo Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani.

The award show will be free to stream in over 240 countries and territories on Prime Video at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CDT / 5 p.m. PDT. The ceremony is live from the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. 

Fox News Digital’s Breana Scheckwitz contributed to this report.

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GREGG JARRETT: Defense guts Bragg’s star witness for doing what he does best

Hell hath no fury like Michael Cohen scorned.  

After Donald Trump was elected in 2016, the new president told Cohen to pound sand when he begged his then-boss to let him tag along to the pinnacle of power in Washington. Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney, had delusions of grandeur that he’d serve as the next attorney general or White House chief of staff.  (Try to stifle the raucous laughter.)

But by then, Trump had figured out that his bumbling, self-proclaimed “fixer” couldn’t fix a broken shoelace. He was the Barney Fife of lawyers. Smug, self-important, officious, and oafish. Trump dropped Cohen like a bad prom date.   

Rejected, a furious Cohen blew a head gasket. He felt humiliated. His anger became a festering boil that exploded in a rabid campaign of rage and a thirst for vengeance against the man he had so idolized and revered. He fueled his wrath with a torrent of lies.

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Those lies were exposed and Cohen’s credibility was shredded on Thursday in the Manhattan trial of the former president. District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s star witness was put through the equivalent of a woodchipper in a searing cross-examination. On the stand, Cohen was rendered into a pile of mulch. 

Under withering questions, lie after lie after lie was laid bare. The defense peeled Cohen like an onion. He lied about everything to everyone —Congress, banks, a special counsel, the media, the IRS, the FEC, government lawyers, and to judges in courts of law.  The sheer volume of his breathtaking lies could be best measured by tonnage.   

To Cohen, sworn oaths to tell the truth are trivial words because he is constitutionally incapable of honesty. Lying is compulsive and habitual. A psychiatric disorder. Shrinks would have a field day. Often, he did it to benefit himself or to wound Trump, but sometimes he’d tell a whopper for no apparent reason.    

No fair or competent judge dedicated to upholding justice would have ever allowed such a train wreck of a trial to have desecrated the integrity of our legal system. 

Naturally, Cohen tried to weasel out of his fabrications in court. He rationalized some, but was forced to admit others, even a few he peddled in court. You’d need a calculator to keep track of all his fictions and fantasies that unspooled like a ball of yarn in front of the jury. No wonder a federal judge recently denounced him as a “serial perjurer.”     

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The jury should believe nothing that Cohen has told them about Trump.  It was all cooked up to falsely incriminate an innocent man. But there’s a standard jury instruction in New York that could —and should— cook Cohen’s goose during jury deliberations.  Here it is:

“If you find that any witness has intentionally testified falsely as to any material fact, you may disregard that witness’s entire testimony.”

The instruction proceeds to pose a vital question to jurors, “Did the witness have a bias, hostility or some other attitude that affected the truthfulness of the witness’s testimony?”

With Cohen, the answer is a resounding, “Yes!”  

To that end, the defense scrutinized his two main motives: revenge and greed. Cohen blames Trump for his convictions and prison term.  But along the way he discovered that lying is highly profitable. His lunatic rants against Trump on social media rake in big bucks. His livelihood depends on it. He’ll keep lying until the greenbacks dry up and he slithers away.

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It was foolhardy for Bragg and his team of partisans to hang their case on a notorious fabulist. But even if jurors believe some of Cohen’s testimony, there is still no credible evidence that business records were falsified as the indictment alleges. Reimbursements to Cohen for his own Stormy Daniels payments were booked as “legal expenses” because that is precisely what they were —a negotiated non-disclosure contract (NDA).  

More importantly, there is no plausible evidence that Trump knew how Cohen’s fees were booked. Why would he?  

Trump was not the accountant or controller. He was the CEO of a multi-billion dollar international company. He did not designate computer entries on non-public ledgers. That was an administrative function in a private business, not an executive responsibility by the corporate chairman.

So where is the crime? Nowhere. Prosecutors have failed miserably to meet the standard of proof that the law requires.  

The indictment against Trump identifies the aforementioned payments as having occurred in 2017. How is it factually possible to falsify records in 2017 with the felonious intent to “unlawfully” influence an election after the election occurred in 2016? It makes no sense, which is consistent with Bragg’s entire case.  

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What exactly was unlawful? Campaigns are designed to influence elections. That’s their core purpose. No matter. Bragg criminalized non-criminal behavior by conjuring up an inapplicable (and expired) statute to persecute Trump under the guise of a prosecution.  

Yet, the D.A. seems utterly unbothered that he is butchering the law. Trump used his personal money, not campaign funds to compensate Cohen.  That’s perfectly lawful. The payments did not qualify as illegal contributions, which is why the Federal Election Commission (FEC) chose not to even levy a civil penalty. Likewise, the Justice Department found no evidence of crimes.  

Neither the absence of facts nor the support of law deterred Bragg. He commandeered authority to enforce a federal campaign law over which he has no jurisdiction as a local prosecutor.  He usurped power to fulfill his campaign promise to put Trump behind bars and to damage a political enemy while benefiting his presidential opponent, Joe Biden.  

No fair or competent judge dedicated to upholding justice would have ever allowed such a train wreck of a trial to have desecrated the integrity of our legal system. But Judge Juan Merchan is the engineer who is driving this out-of-control locomotive.  He has all but jettisoned his black robe, stepped down from the bench, and take up residence at the prosecution’s table.  

The judge has mangled the rules of evidence that strictly prohibit irrelevant and prejudicial testimony. It is fundamentally unfair to smear a defendant with sordid stories that have little or nothing to do with the offenses charged. The nucleus of the prosecution’s case has been shameless character assassination.  

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Merchan should have stopped this legal charade long ago.  His errant rulings have reversible error written all over them. But neither he nor his co-prosecutor, Bragg, give a damn. Their objective is to convict Trump to interfere in the upcoming presidential election.

When Michael Cohen’s testimony ends and he eventually stumbles in shock off the witness stand after being bludgeoned by the defense, the prosecution will rest its case.  The question arises of what’s next?  

It may be tempting for Trump’s lawyers to call Robert Costello to the stand.  In testimony before Congress Wednesday and in a lengthy interview on Fox News, Cohen’s former lawyer recounted in vivid detail how his client has been lying all along about Trump. It was Cohen’s idea to capitulate to Daniels’ blackmail scheme with an NDA. He handled it all. Trump had nothing do with it.  Cohen understood that the then-candidate wanted to protect his family, not his campaign as the D.A. claims. 

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Costello also disclosed an appalling episode when Bragg’s prosecutors concealed exculpatory evidence from the grand jury by concocting a phony hearsay excuse that does not even exist in such proceedings. That’s called obstruction of justice. It is a revealing window into a corrupt district attorney who is determined to lacerate the law while suborning perjury to gain a wrongful conviction.

Perhaps it is Alvin Bragg and his confederates who should be on trial, not Donald Trump.

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Professor loses after dragging boss through racism investigations for sushi remark

A judge in the United Kingdom ruled that a Japanese professor was incorrect in attributing racism to a comment from her superior about loving sushi. 

In September 2021, University of London Professor Nana Sato-Rossberg alleged that her boss, Provost Claire Ozanne, raised the subject of Japanese food and that her family likes this cuisine and that they eat sushi. 

This led her to raise a complaint internally, accusing Ozanne of being “unconsciously biased.” When the complaint failed, the professor filed a complaint with the UK’s Employment Tribunal, which is responsible for hearing claims from people who think an employer or potential employer treated them unlawfully.

In April, Employment Judge Brown dismissed the professor’s claims that there was unlawful harassment or discrimination, saying it was unreasonable.  

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“The tribunal decided that Ozanne mentioning a sushi restaurant and her family’s love of sushi was not a detriment because a reasonable person would not consider themselves at a disadvantage when a manager, trying to be friendly and find common ground, was enthusiastic about food from the person’s country of origin,” the final report on the case said. 

“A reasonable person would not take offence at such complimentary and friendly words. In this case, [Prof] Ozanne’s words were not even ‘unfortunate’. They were not reasonably seen as hurtful or misjudged,” the Tribunal continued. “On the contrary, [Prof Sato-Rossberg’s] objection reflected [her] own hypersensitivity and predisposition to find fault with Ms Ozanne.”

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Sato-Rossberg had defended her allegations by telling the Tribunal, “She would not have said to a German person, ‘I like sausage.’ …She anticipated that I like to talk about Japan. That is biased in the first place.”

The professor continued, “Ozanne chose to speak only about topics directly relevant to my race: the liking of Japanese food and that her family like it and eat sushi.”

The Tribunal said that the Japanese professor had preconcieved expectations that she would be treated unfairly, and used that lense to “see race discrimination… where there was none.”

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According to the decision, the Japanese professor believed the provost “would be biased” because she wasn’t British.  

“In other words, [she] had decided, at the beginning of [the provost’s] management… that [the provost] would be racist in her dealings. The Tribunal considered that, as a result of this preconception, the [the professor] was predisposed to find fault with [the provost] and to see race discrimination in… interactions with her, when there was none,” the decision continued. 

The provost was managing the professor as part of her “normal” job duties and that the professor “took exception to this.”

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For example, when the provost pointed out what she perceived as the professor’s fumbling department filings other employees had been able to handle. 

“This was nothing to do with race,” the tribunal said. 

Fox News Digital contacted Sato-Rossberg for a comment. 

Several people dead, over one million in the dark after major storm pummels Houston area

HOUSTON – A line of severe thunderstorms swept through southeastern Texas and Louisiana on Thursday, blasting the Houston area with ferocious winds that left at least four dead and more than 1 million power customers without electricity.

Winds reported as high as 78 mph toppled trees, blew out windows of high-rise buildings, and caused transmission towers holding power lines to crumble. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office and National Weather Service encouraged everyone to stay off the roads. “Widespread debris, glass and electrical lines are in the streets,” the NWS warned.

PowerOutage.us reported more than 800,000 people in the Houston metro area lost power, but with nearby counties also were dealing with outages, the state’s tally climbed to well over 1 million customers at the peak of the storm. The line of storms eventually raced east into Louisiana, pummeling New Orleans with gusts of 84 mph and leaving over 200,000 in Louisiana without power. 

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Houston Mayor John Whitmire said at least four people were killed by the storm – most the result of falling trees – and state resources were being requested to help with the recovery.

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The local National Weather Service office issued several Tornado Warnings for the Houston metro Thursday evening but by the time the storms cleared, it was strong winds that are believed to have caused most of the damage.

“The roof of the Hyatt Regency downtown blew out,” a customer at the hotel told FOX Weather. “Rain and debris poured down to the lobby.”

He said staff was doing the best they could to keep people safe and away from the debris.

Windows also appeared to be blown out in other downtown buildings, including around the Wells Fargo Plaza. The broken glass and debris forced city leaders to encourage workers to stay home on Friday and avoid the downtown region.

In nearby Minute Maid Park, wind and water were seen blowing into the building, but the severe weather did not appear to affect the play of the Astros baseball game.

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“It is all hands on deck tonight…Downtown is a mess, so stay at home tonight and tomorrow,” said Whitmire.

Local residents described the impacts of the storm as being hurricane-like despite the severe weather lasting less than an hour.

Ground stops were also issued at Bush Intercontinental Airport and Houston William P. Hobby Airport due to the severe weather. Gusts at both airports reached 62 mph at the peak of the storms.

The Houston school district closed all public schools on Friday and said they would reopen on Monday.

The dangerous thunderstorms were expected to transition into a flood threat during the overnight hours as already saturated grounds were expected to receive an additional 2-5″ of rainfall.

Mother takes on socialite who mowed down her young sons while street racing lover

Two Los Angeles mothers are at odds on opposite sides of California’s embattled criminal justice system: one grieving the loss of her two sons and the other trying to get her conviction for killing them overturned.

Rebecca Grossman, a rich and powerful Los Angeles socialite, sped her Mercedes through a crosswalk and killed Mark Iskander, 11, and his 8-year-old brother, Jacob, as they were crossing the street with their mother and younger brother.

Nancy Iskander, a biotech executive, grabbed her son, Zachary, who was 5 at the time, and dove out of the way. But she and her youngest son witnessed the crash.

“We will continue to speak up until we see justice and see her pay for the murder of two little boys, because they could be anyone’s kids,” she told Fox News Digital. “They’re not just my boys. They’re just [an] innocent 11-year-old, an innocent 8-year-old in a crosswalk.”

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Grossman, 60, had prescription drugs and alcohol in her system at the time of the 2020 crash, prosecutors told Fox News Digital. Although she was married to a prominent Los Angeles surgeon, Dr. Peter Grossman, she was racing her boyfriend, former MLB pitcher Scott Erickson, home from a restaurant. Each of them were driving Mercedes-Benz SUVs above 70 mph.

Jurors found her guilty in February, but she has not yet been sentenced. Not only has she never expressed remorse, her “games” in court and from behind bars have antagonized the grieving family for years, Iskander said.

“She had many opportunities to show mercy, and she did not show any mercy on my family,” Iskander told Fox News Digital. “In fact, she only showed hate – all sorts of hate in many, many ways – as if we’re her No. 1 enemy in the world.”

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The Iskander family has accused Grossman of toying with the justice system throughout the process, appealing her charges to the state Supreme Court before trial and then in March attempting to tamper with the jury.

Deputy District Attorneys Ryan Gould and Jamie Castro sent jailhouse phone call transcripts to the court in March that allegedly showed Grossman violating a gag order on the case and openly discussing attempts to interfere with witnesses and influence the judge, FOX 11 Los Angeles reported at the time.

“It feels so unfair not only to lose the kids but also to find yourself in the middle of a fight and with a person who wants to hurt you as much as possible in the middle of it,” Iskander said.

Adding insult to injury, Grossman hired defense attorney James Spertus to handle her post-conviction matters – another “game” that the Iskanders say is an attempt to sway the scales of justice in Grossman’s favor. Spertus is a friend of the judge’s, they say, and he is also representing the disgraced former deputy district attorney, Diana Teran, who is under indictment on 11 unrelated felony charges. She happens to be the former supervisor of the unit that prosecuted Grossman.

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Rather than seek Spertus’ removal from the case, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon’s office briefly removed the lead prosecutors instead, a move that caused widespread public backlash.

“It was heart-wrenching for us,” Iskander told Fox News Digital. “It felt we were punished, or we were the victim of another one of her games.”

Gascon’s top deputy, Joseph Iniguez, backtracked on the move days later and said Gould and Castro would remain on the case, although the chain of command was transferred out of their division to one that hadn’t been overseen by Teran.

Iskander said the family is very thankful for the move and believes the duo will do the best job in court.

“Them being not only familiar with the evidence but also the circumstances, and Mrs. Grossman’s strategies into getting more delays or causing a conflict of interest, they are familiar with that,” she told Fox News Digital. “And then they got to know Mark and Jacob through the years. It’s been four years that we’ve been together. So, I feel like to hand it to someone who never worked on it before, at this point, it doesn’t make any sense.”

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Grossman is due back in court Friday as part of a bid for a new trial. She faces up to 34 years in prison for her conviction on two counts of second-degree murder, vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run resulting in death.

While Spertus has alleged prosecutorial misconduct and is seeking a new trial, prosecutors are vying to have him removed from Grossman’s defense due to his attorney-client relationship with Teran.

Spertus denied having any conflict of interest involving his representation of either party. He told Fox News Digital he expects the state attorney general’s case against Teran to fail.

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As for Iskander, she is hoping the case finally comes to a conclusion so she and her family can heal. As part of the process, she and her husband have become devoted to charity by founding an orphanage and a foster care nonprofit while raising money for scholarships for local children through the Mark and Jacob Iskander Foundation.

“A person killed two children. They didn’t do anything wrong. She’s a murderer,” Iskander said. “It should be a straightforward process, right? And I mean, for society, it has to be a straightforward process.”

Las Vegas’ first megaresort will close after over 30 years and will rebrand as Hard Rock Hotel

The Mirage hotel-casino will close its doors in July after 34 years of operating along the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada.

The famous hotel, which opened in 1989, was the first megaresort to open on the Las Vegas Strip, and its success sparked a building boom in the 1990s for other large resorts, forever transforming the way the tourist hot spot did business. 

The popular resort, instantly recognizable for its Y-shaped design and imagery of The Beatles Cirque du Soleil show “LOVE” advertised across its top floors, will close on July 17, according to the hotel’s owners, Hard Rock International (HRI).

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A major overhaul of the property will then begin, which will include refurbishing the resort and constructing a near 700-foot tall guitar-shaped hotel on the site, similar to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino near Hollywood, Florida.

The 80-acre resort will be renamed as “Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Guitar Hotel Las Vegas” (HRHCLV) with an opening date slated for 2027. 

“We’d like to thank the Las Vegas community and team members for warmly welcoming Hard Rock after enjoying 34 years at The Mirage,” Jim Allen, the chairman of Hard Rock International, said in a statement.

Hard Rock International said more than 3,000 employees will be laid off, and it expects to pay out $80 million in severance.

The new resort will employ more than 6,000 people when it reopens, while the renovation work will lead to more than 2,500 construction jobs. 

The Mirage was the world’s most expensive resort when developer Steve Wynn opened it for $630 million. It was Wynn’s first major casino on the Strip.

The hotel became the main venue for Siegfried & Roy, who performed there for 14 years, often using white lions and tigers in their acts. Other shows included Cirque du Soleil Nouvelle Expérience. 

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Its volcano fountain erupts nightly and provides free entertainment in front of the resort. It was one of the first sidewalk attractions and predated the Venetian’s canals and the Bellagio’s dancing fountains. 

Guests with room reservations or show tickets beyond July 14 will be automatically canceled and refunded, the company said. Reservations booked through a third-party provider or online travel agency will automatically be canceled, and third-party providers should be contacted directly for rebooking availability or possible refunds, Hard Rock said. 

“LOVE’s” 18-year streak on the Strip will also come to an end. The Beatles-themed show brought Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr back together for several public appearances over the years. 

The Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip remains open for business.

The Mirage became the first Strip property to be run by a Native American tribe in 2022, after Hard Rock International, which is owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, purchased it from MGM Resorts in a cash deal worth nearly $1.1 billion, according to The Associated Press. 

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The closure follows the shuttering of Tropicana Las Vegas in April after 67 years to make way for a $1.5 billion baseball stadium, which will be home to the Oakland Athletics. 

The new Las Vegas ballpark will seat 30,000 fans and is set to open in 2028. 

When the Tropicana opened in 1957, it was the most expensive casino ever built in Las Vegas, costing $15 million, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Jersey sales for star Chiefs kicker surge after faith-based speech sparks strong reactions

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker’s commencement address at a private Catholic liberal arts school in Kansas over the weekend has drawn strong reaction. But amid the reaction, demand for Butker’s Chiefs jersey seems to have spiked.

As of Thursday, Butker’s jersey appears to be among the most in-demand fan gear on NFL.com. Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ jersey is also listed among the league’s bestselling jerseys.

Butker wore No. 87 in college when he kicked for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. He currently wears jersey No. 7.

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During his recent commencement speech at Benedictine College, Butker addressed a variety of topics, including what he described as “bad” COVID-19 policies. He also expressed his views on abortion.

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“While COVID might have played a large role throughout your formative years, it is not unique,” he said. “The bad policies and poor leadership have negatively impacted major life issues. Things like abortion, IVF, surrogacy, euthanasia, as well as a growing support for the degenerate cultural values and media, all stem from pervasiveness of disorder.”

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Butker has been vocal about his conservative Catholic beliefs. He also shared a message last year during a commencement speech at his alma mater that was similar to what he said at Benedictine.

“I’m not sure the root of this, but at least I can offer one controversial antidote that I believe will have a lasting impact for generations to come: get married and start a family,” Butker told Georgia Tech’s Class of 2023.

The NFL released a statement on Thursday distancing itself from Butker, saying the kicker spoke from a “personal capacity” during the commencement address.

“Harrison Butker gave a speech in his personal capacity,” Jonathan Beane, the NFL’s senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer, said in a statement sent to People magazine. “His views are not those of the NFL as an organization. The NFL is steadfast in our commitment to inclusion, which only makes our league stronger.”

Butker also encouraged women to embrace what he called the “most important titles of all” as a Catholic.

“For the ladies present today, congratulations on an amazing accomplishment. You should be proud of all that you have achieved to this point in your young lives,” he said. “I want to speak directly to you briefly, because I think it is you, the women, who have had the most diabolical lies told to you. How many of you are sitting here now, about to cross this stage, and are thinking about all the promotions and titles you are going to get in your career? Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world, but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world.”

“I can tell you that my beautiful wife, Isabelle, would be the first to say her life truly started when she began living her vocation as a wife and as a mother. I’m on this stage today and able to be the man that I am because I have a wife who leans into her vocation. I’m beyond blessed with the many talents God has given me, but it cannot be overstated that all of my success is made possible because a girl I met in band class back in middle school would convert to the faith, become my wife and embrace one of the most important titles of all: homemaker.”

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The Chiefs did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Butker’s speech from Fox News Digital. Harrison was drafted in 2017. He has an 89.1 career field goal percentage. He has been a member of three Super Bowl-winning teams.

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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